Why I like Ruggedized Laptops: The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 is the Navy Seal of the PC world

Anna Leach Tech


I’m really into ruggedized laptops. Not because I’m ever likely to take my PC to the Gobi desert, or want to edit a word document while half-submerged in the Antarctic ocean. Nah – the furthest my laptop goes is Starbucks. But that doesn’t stop me enjoying how tough and unbreakable these things are – the Navy SEALS of the PC world, they’re hot, in a computer way.

Consequently an update to the Panasonic ToughBook range has got me all excited. The Toughbook CF-31 Performance Model was released today and we’ve selected some of the juiciest features for you rugged-lovers out there. Just out of gadget-lust really.

Panasonic say: “Designed to access applications and data in the most extreme mobile computing environments, the CF-31 has become the fully rugged device of choice for utilities, emergency services and military personnel.

We say: “Mmm, fully rugged”

> Massive Battery: 13.5hr battery + a 6.5hr spare battery pack that will let you “hot swap” the main battery.

> It has a Concealed Mode for use in mission critical environments. Using this feature, the Toughbook can go into “silent mode” by disabling the Fan, the backlight, status LED’s, speakers and communication (3G, W-LAN, Bluetooth) as specified. (Cool or what.)

> Screen shows up, even in the dark: The ability to see data and applications on screen in bright sunlight is essential for field workers. The CF-31 uses Panasonic’s Circular Polarizing technology to deliver market leading clarity with brightness displays of 1,200cd/m² and a very low reflection ratio on its touchscreen, 13.1″ XGA display.

> Shock-resistant screen – the LCD screen “floats” on the frame making it more resistant to bumps and shocks.

> Tough magnesium alloy casing with proven resistance to water, dust, vibration and temperature protection.

See more on the Pansonic ToughBook CF-31 here

By Anna Leach | May 25th, 2011

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